Principal, Portsmouth

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Ark Dickens Primary AcademyPortsmouth

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Start date: April 2018 (or sooner if possible)
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: High competitive and negotiable; relocation available
Contract term: Permanent

Ark Dickens Primary Academy is a two-form entry primary school in the heart of Portsmouth. Since becoming an Ark school in 2014, staff have begun to do an incredible job in a very challenging situation and have much to be proud of. However, we have only really just begun and we need a visionary, enthusiastic and forward thinking Principal to take this very special school on to the next stage of its journey. For the past 2 years the KS2 results have been slowly improving and in 2018 we are looking forward to outcomes for our children which are at least in line with national expectations. In June 2017 our school was inspected by Ofsted and was judged to Require Improvement, a judgement completely mirroring our own self-evaluation. The journey to 'good' is proving a challenging but hugely rewarding one.

At Ark Dickens our motto is “learning for life, aiming for excellence” and every day we aim to give each and every pupil the best possible start in life and to ensure they are equipped with the courage and confidence to strive for success and happiness. 

Working alongside our Executive Principal, we want our new Principal to be a dynamic and inspirational leader who shares our high expectations and who has the drive and determination to lead the school on its journey to outstanding. You will bring an infectious passion about teaching and its impact on learning and will make sure that staff are given all the support and constructive challenge needed for all of the children to make rapid but sustained progress. To be successful you’ll need a proven track record of continually raising standards in a challenging environment, a natural flair for harnessing team talent and an unrelenting commitment to the best possible outcomes for all, regardless of background or ability. 

This is undoubtedly a challenging role, but a hugely rewarding one. You will start with considerable advantages – a highly motivated and committed staff team, a forward-thinking governing body, terrific pupils and an experienced Executive Principal there to support you in driving the improvements needed in the school. You will have the opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and contribute to the development of our primary curriculum across the Portsmouth cluster and the entire Ark network. This genuinely is a wonderful opportunity which we would invite you to grasp with great enthusiasm. Whether you’re an experienced Principal looking for a new challenge or an ambitious Deputy ready for your first headship, either way, please do get in touch – we’re always keen to hear from great leaders.

Ark are working in partnership with Propelo to recruit for this position. For an informal, confidential discussion about the role, or to request an application pack, please contact Corrina O’Beirne or Phil Watt from Propelo on 01904 567818 or email . To learn more about the role and to apply please visit 

Close date for applications: Monday 23rd October, 10am

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.




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More about Ark Dickens Primary Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 11 years
Address: Turner Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 4PN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 23 9282 6514
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Ark Dickens Primary Academy in Portsmouth is a two-form entry primary academy, which became part of the Ark network in September 2014. Our vision is to provide every pupil with the opportunity to go on to university or pursue the career of their choi...